A couple weeks ago, Chris Schwarz blogged about his Stanley #80 scraper plane. As usual, it was a thoughtful and instructive post that described the advantages of these simple tools. It was nice reading for a Monday.
|A nice Stanley #80 scraper plane|
Shall we see how the power of the Schwarz may be used for evil instead of for good? The following chart takes a look at sales prices on eBay for the past month or so. Each bubble is a single sale. The total delivered price is along the left axis, and time marches out along the bottom axis. The bubble size indicates how many bids the auction had - more bids get larger bubbles.
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As you can see from the chart, things were cruising along steadily in "The Good Old Days". Average shipped price for a #80 was about $26, and things were good. Then on October 3rd Schwarz made his speech at WIA, and the sharks smelled blood in the water. I only have data up until the 5th because I forgot to check and eBay cleans house after 21 days, but even in the 3 days after WIA the average shipped price went up to almost $38. After his blog post on October 11, Schwarz generated enough demand to drive the average shipped price up again to $41.51, a 60% increase over "The Good Old Days"!
Do you need further proof of the power of the Schwarz? From 9/22 to 10/5 there were another 12 auctions that had zero bids and therefore did not end in a sale. Buyers weren't interested in these planes, so these listings were not included above. Since Chris made his blog post on Oct 11 there have been no unsold scraper planes on eBay. All auctions have ended successfully in a sale, including the gem pictured below with the absurdly optimistic description "has light rust" which sold for $24.95 shipped.
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What does this teach us? Chris has the Mojo, baby. One comment from him is enough to send literally tens and tens of people into a buying spree. Oh, and I have too much time on my hands. On a related note, I will be starting a new hedge fund soon trading under the ticker symbol SWRZ. Operators are standing by!
Care to comment? You would be among a select few who take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Footnote: In case you are as into data geekery as I am, here is the fine print on the methodology:
- I used the search term "Stanley scraper 80" to bring up closed auctions on eBay.
- I only included auctions for a single tool, no bundles were allowed.
- Only sales were counted, so auctions with no bids were excluded.
- The price reported is the shipped price of the tool, including final bid price plus shipping cost. I did look at the results without shipping costs and the conclusions were the same.
- Only sellers in the US were included.
- A few tools were sold without blades, and I kept these in the data.
- A single bid typically means the "buy it now" feature was used.